Health Beat - Spring 2018 - 15
SUNFLOWER HEALTH NETWORK NEWS
A rendering of the entrance
to the new hospital and rural
New Hospital in Osborne
Will Open in 2019
Voters in Osborne County in November made a 1 percent county sales tax
permanent and approved an increase in property taxes that will solidify operations at Osborne County Memorial Hospital and allow for the construction
of a new hospital with an attached rural health clinic.
The new facility will provide about 39,000 square feet of space for the
hospital and clinic and allow more room for outpatient specialty clinics. Aging
infrastructure at the current facility, which first opened about 60 years ago,
and lack of space for expansion necessitated the need for a new hospital.
"The voters recognized the need for having access to healthcare and
know it's a staple for the community," says Marianna Harris, CEO of Osborne
County Memorial Hospital. "They were able to see a vision of growth for our
community going forward."
Finalization of construction plans are underway for the $18.735 million
facility, and groundbreaking is expected for the project early this summer.
The new hospital and clinic will open in 2019.
A $3.7 million gift to Lindsborg Community
Hospital from a man who spent his childhood in the community will be used for
major renovations to the facility starting
later this year.
David J. Nutt was born in Lindsborg in
1925 and graduated from Lindsborg High
School. He was drafted to serve in World
War II. While he didn't live in Lindsborg as
an adult, he came back to visit family and
classmates in the community. He noted
through his estate plans that "upon exiting
this world I want to share (my) success with
the community that most nurtured me."
In addition to the hospital gift, Nutt
endowed more than $7.4 million to nonprofits
in Lindsborg through the McPherson County
Community Foundation, which will award
annual grants going forward. Bethany College
and three other community organizations
also received outright gifts to bring the total
estate bequest to more than $15 million.
With the hospital gift, Nutt acknowledged appreciation for the care his parents
received during their final years.
"One never knows when an act toward
another person can have dramatic implications, either positively or negatively," says
Larry Van Der Wege, LCH administrator.
"This lesson can't be demonstrated any
more dramatically than these gifts."
Abilene Welcomes New Physician
Memorial Health System in Abilene welcomed the addition of Megan Brown, M.D., to its
medical staff in December.
Brown practices family medicine with obstetrics and has a special interest in women and
children's health. She had been in practice in St. Francis, Kansas, before coming to Abilene.
Brown received her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in
Wichita and completed residency at the Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency in Salina.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment to see Brown, please contact
Heartland Health Care Clinic in Abilene at 785-263-4131.
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